Design Selection & Renovation Stages

We had our first official meeting with our construction team last week. We went over the specs, interior layout and discussed look and style we are wanting to achieve within the house. The goal was to make sure everyone was on the same page with what we are trying to accomplish.

We also discussed the entire renovation process including the various stages of both construction and design selection. The goal is to have all the design selections made by mid-April so we sat down and mapped out each stage and what specific selections would need to be made. This helps me know what to focus on and research and avoid getting overwhelmed by trying to research everything all at once {aka avoid being a complete stress ball}.

I love to visually see what the process will look like from one step to another, so here’s a fun little diagram to give you an idea of the entire process.

Design and Renovation Process

Yes, I know, that is a lot of steps.

We just had our pre-construction meeting with the designer and project manager so the next step is to make stage 1 selections.

Design and Renovation Process- State | Megan Brooke Handmade

The selections in each stage are based on the overall renovation timeline and are needed before the next renovation stage can take place.

Here’s a little breakdown of what has to be selected in each stage.

Stage One

-Plumbing:: Select sinks, tubs, toilets, bathroom & kitchen fixtures

-Appliances:: Select refrigerator, oven, microwave & dishwasher

-Lighting:: Determine location for all light fixtures and electrical outlets and begin making fixture selections {also determine location for all tv outlets}

Stage Two

-Cabinetry:: Select type and style of cabinetry for kitchen and bathrooms

-Countertops:: Select countertop materials and colors

-Tile:: Determine look and style of tile to be used in bathrooms & kitchen

-Doors:: Select style and type of doors to be used throughout the home and select door hardware

Stage Three

-Flooring:: Select type of hardware and stain color, select any carpet needed and floor tile

-Paint:: Determine paint colors for all cabinetry, walls, trim and ceilings

Stage Four

-Closets:: Determine type of shelving and layout for all closets

-Mirrors:: Select shape and framing for bathroom mirrors

-Bath Accessories:: Select towel bars and toilet paper holders

Once selections are made in a stage, the next selections are typically needed just a few weeks after. If more time is needed, that’s typically ok, but not having selections ready could hold up construction. So over the next few weeks the hubby and I are going to be researching like crazy all things plumbing, appliances and lighting. For the most part, I think we have a good idea of what we are looking for, just a matter of making actual selections that stay within the budget.

It’s all very exciting, but things are about to start moving really quick. I’ll be sure to update you guys as we complete each stage and move onto the next.

They started demo-ing the interior this week, so it’s looking like we are right on schedule. Yay! You should expect a lot of plumbing, appliance and lighting inspiration coming soon {and hopefully some tips for how to make the best decisions}.

Happy Friday friends!

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  1. Caitlin says

    So exciting! I hope it doesn’t get too overwhelming. You are such an attention to detail type of person, this should be right up your alley! I’ve heard of lots of people who are building from scratch get really overwhelmed from having to make decisions on things they would have never thought of (where outlets should go on the wall for example). But I think I’m like you in that I would enjoy it so much! So happy things are right on schedule. I’m looking forward to hearing what you learn because that will definitely be helpful for me and Brooks as we start to look as houses and what would need updating/fixing. I can really see now how fast things are going to start moving!


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